Wakefield slumped to their eighth consecutive defeat but showed much
improved form against second-placed Wigan.
A tense, entertaining game gave Wildcats fans more to cheer about than
in any match since they beat Bradford back in April.
The recent run of defeats and the threat of a six-point deduction have
taken their toll on Wakefield but the side bounced back in style to come
within a whisker of beating the title chasers.
Wildcats played an outstanding opening 20 minutes and stunned Wigan
with a second-minute try by skipper Willie Poching, converted by the
inspirational Dane Dorahy.
The visitors hit back with a David Furner try within five minutes, and
on quarter-time Brett Dallas flew in to give the Warriors the lead.
Farrell converted to bring up double figures for the visitors.
Wigan prop Harvey Howard gave away two needless penalties which Dorahy
converted to level the score but Farrell converted a penalty on the hooter
to give Wigan a 12-10 half-time lead.
Converted second half tries by Paul March and Dorahy, plus a Dorahy
drop goal, left Wakefield just a point behind the Warriors after 60
But Wigan skipper Andy Farrell saved his side's blushes when he
converted his own try on 64 minutes. He then a scored a drop goal before
centre Paul Johnson sealed the win with a try two minutes from time.